May 12, 2015

#chicklitmay - what's on page 45

May is International Chick Lit Month, and this week I am celebrating with some wonderful authors and bloggers with #ChickLitMay. (Be sure to check below for a chance to win a fabulous prize!)

Today, we authors and bloggers have been challenged to share what is on page 45 of our books. This seemed like an easy enough task. I have a copy of my chick lit novel, The Marrying Type, sitting on my bookshelf, and if I flip to page 45...

Well crap. There are only a handful of brief, dialogue-heavy paragraphs on that page, because it's the end of Chapter Four. Well shoot.

So I'm going to cheat a little and share what what you will find on pages 44 and 45 of The Marrying Type, but first let's fill in a few details...

Picture it: Charleston, South Carolina, present day. Elliot Lynch is the youngest, under-appreciated daughter of former South Carolina wedding royalty. Her family event planning business is on the brink of bankruptcy. To save the company, Elliot agrees to participate in a reality TV show called "The Marrying Type," which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of weddings from the perspective of the planner. A couple of weeks into the summer of filming, Elliot has already experienced a few not-so-made-for-TV mishaps.

She's also received a semi-distressing new business prospect. The younger sister of her ex--the one who got away, and the only man she's ever loved--wants Elliot to plan her big-time wedding.

On page 44, Elliot is having coffee with her family's long-time friend, Rosalyn. Elliot is being coy about this new business prospect and pretending she isn't the least bit affected by what could happen.
"Are you sure the money is worth taking this job? Won't it bring up bad memories?" 
"I'm fine." Maybe Elliot would believe herself if she repeated the phrase a few more times.
On pages 44 and 45 we learn that Eric, her ex, isn't just a big deal social media developer, he's basically the next best thing since Mark Zuckerburg--he's even been on the cover of Time. We also find out that when he was beginning his ascent into greatness, he'd invited Elliot along for the climb, but for some reason she'd declined.

Rosalyn wonders if Eric and his sister are going to create trouble for Elliot as payback for the nasty breakup. But here's the catch: Elliot never met Eric's sister, and she thinks (or rather hopes and prays) it's all a coincidence related to the buzz her business is getting from the TV show.

But even she isn't sure.
"We'll have to wait and find out for ourselves, won't we?"
I suppose we'll have to get to Chapter Five to find out.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into Elliot's world. The Marrying Type is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Be sure to check out other page 45s with #ChickLitMay:

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This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

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To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below: In 4 or 5 words, why do you think The Marrying Type would be a good read?

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address. A winner will be chosen via on Tuesday, May 19th.

About The Marrying Type

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). 

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. 

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future. 

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  1. This was a great post, something that I think i will have to do one day, at the moment I only have it ebook so I might just pick a number and do it on my blog :) xxx

  2. Nice post, Laura! It would be very tempting had I not read your book already. ;) It was a great read!!!!

  3. some cute book characters

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